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November 14th, 2012
09:07 PM ET

Jake Tapper on Susan Rice following Benghazi: "She was a good soldier ... she did what the administration told her to do"

Amidst a flurry of hot-button, polarizing news stories, this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" invites Jake Tapper to share his professional perspective and industry insight on everything from Benghazi and Barack Obama, to David Petraeus and the FBI

Joining Piers Morgan for a face to face, primetime interview, ABC News' senior White House correspondent offers his opinion on news stemming from an afternoon press conference at the White House, during which the president defended the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

As various Republican Senators – including John McCain and Lindsey Graham – have criticized Susan Rice for her role in disseminating information following the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, Morgan asked his guest to add some context:

"Do you believe that Ambassador Rice is at fault, or is she – as Barack Obama said today – she was only passing along intelligence, she was not a key player in all this?" FULL POST

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November 14th, 2012
01:56 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Penn Jillette and Lt. Col. Rick Francona on sex in the military; Bob McDonell on general turmoil

As the scandal surrounding the extra-marital affair of former CIA Director David Petraeus grows more involved and complex with the passing of each day, on Tuesday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed a wide-array of well-known news makers, political leaders, and intelligence insiders, all tasked with sharing their insight on a bizarre ordeal that ultimately brought a nearly four-decade long career in public service to a shocking end.

Joining the program for a live, primetime interview, Lieutenant Colonel Rick Francona (Ret.) suggested that the sex life of the former general is generating too much conversation, admitting he'd prefer to see attention allocated elsewhere:

"I think we should be talking about a lot of other issues. As I said, you know, before, let's get the sex out of this. Let's talk about what happened in Libya," said the retired U.S. Air Force intelligence officer and veteran of two wars. "Let's talk about the FBI investigating General Petraeus, I don't really see why they even opened the case, although it turns out there was something there. Now we're investigating General Allen, he's about to be caught up in this, and I understand maybe we shouldn't be so critical of these general officers but until we change our rules, the military's not going to have much choice."

Appearing alongside Francona, magician and author Penn Jillette provided a simple explanation for the affair itself and the attention it has generated:

"I just think that human beings really like sex," proclaimed the louder half of the famed "Penn & Teller" duo. "What I'm wondering with all of this, is this all just technology? Is this all stuff that has been happening for thousands of years and it's just because we have e-mail records ... maybe this is not amazing at all. Maybe it's just the electronic paper trail."

Also as part of Tuesday's program, Piers Morgan invited Bob McDonell to offer his opinion on the "general turmoil." The Virginia Governor echoed the opinions of Francona, insisting there are other, larger issues that warrant coverage: FULL POST

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November 14th, 2012
11:48 AM ET

Clips From Last Night: Anthony Bourdain on dangerous destinations and his last meal

On Tuesday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Anthony Bourdain to the program and to the CNN family. Bourdain's new show, "Parts Unknown," set to air Spring 2013 on CNN and CNN International will continue the globe-trekking chef and award-winning writer's exploration of global food, travel and culture.

Never one to shy away from dangerous locations, Bourdain explained his love of travel remarking, "I am intensely curious about some places that are difficult." He talked specifically about one location his new show will visit:

"One of the shows that I've been meaning to do for years and haven't been able to is to go up the Congo River and trace Conrad's trip up to the - up all the way, as far as we can go," said Bourdain.

Bourdain also shared with Piers Morgan what his fantasy last meal would be, saying when "facing imminent death", his meal would be prepared by sushi chef Jiro Ono.

"I would eat very traditional, Edo style sushi from Jiro Ono, at his restaurant in Tokyo, at his sushi bar," said Bourdain.

Watch the clips, and listen to the interview, as Bourdain tells Morgan about the most disgusting food he's encountered during his culinary adventures.
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Need to Know News: Scandal ensnaring Petraeus, Allen focuses on e-mails; Austerity anger drives Europe protests
November 14th, 2012
10:26 AM ET

Need to Know News: Scandal ensnaring Petraeus, Allen focuses on e-mails; Austerity anger drives Europe protests

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For November 14, 2012 – Scandal ensnaring David Petraeus, John Allen focuses on e-mails, austerity anger drives Europe protests and Stephen Colbert's super PAC says good night...

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